2018 is really looking like its going to be one fabulous, original year. If you have a little man at home looking to really hip-hop out their comfort zone or have a particular male in mind, then tune in for this!
The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Australia has joined the global cause of Project B – a range of initiatives to widen access to dance for boys and encourage more to take up ballet. In celebration of its upcoming centenary in 2020, the RAD aims to bring dance to more people in more places globally.
This Billy Elliotesque project is RAD Australia’s first ever boys only summer school and is taking place this weekend 5- 6 January in Adelaide with Australian Male Dance Ambassador – Matthew Lawrence leading an all-male faculty in ballet, contemporary, hip-hop and tap. Further workshops and courses are planned throughout Australia in 2018.
Project B launches with a focus on four key strands:
B: Involved- a grassroots level by providing more Boys Only! workshops and Boys Ballet Masterclasses throughout the world.
B: Inspired – In a bid to inspire a boys ballet boom, RAD Male Dance Ambassador, Iain Mackay, has created choreography that will challenge stereotypes surrounding male dance, and ballet in particular, and celebrate boys who dare to dance. The choreography, which is simple, fun and suitable for all ages and abilities, will be free to download via the smartphone app Seenit. From 18 June users are encouraged to use video to document their dance journey.
B: Engaged- As a membership organisation, the RAD recognizes the importance of building capacity in the sector by helping dance teachers to reach out to male students and to encourage more men to pursue dance teaching. These CPD courses will be provided free of charge to RAD Registered Teachers to support them in engaging more male students in their dance schools worldwide.
B: Active- In the UK the RAD is collaborating with Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) to launch a six-week pilot scheme in primary schools.
To try this exciting challenge and ‘be part of Project B’: click here.